In his blog, the Nonprofit Chronicles, Marc Gunther writes: How do feedback loops differ from conventional monitoring and evaluation (M&E)? One attendee told me that feedback loops are the equivalent of diagnosing and treating a disease; a conventional evaluation is more like an autopsy, and thus of limited value to the patient. This leads us… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Development 2.0
Lately, the language of funding has gotten very strange. From equity-based crowfunding and person-to-person lending, to crypto currencies and mobile money; entirely new players are disrupting the field of financing for development and public policy. So, what does this alternative finance space look like? Who are the new players and what are they up to?
We tried it once, and it worked out pretty well. Thirteen teams have now successfully graduated from our Crowdfunding Academy. The first campaign debuted from the Academy – Lighten the Load of Syrian Mothers raised over 500 percent of its original target funding – with Taste of Home and STEMI are heading in the same direction.
You may wonder how can innovation in development can work for Yemen. Yemen is ranked 137 out of 141 in the 2015 Global Innovation Index, with a mobile subscription rate of 68 percent, and internet usage at just 23 percent in 2014. What I’ve learned, though, is that technology is not the heart of innovation; rather… Read more »
The decorations in the room look very familiar to me. I recognize the scene from one of my favourite sitcoms on TV channel 10. It resembles a ‘battlefield’, where, according to the script, women are trying to raise their voices and stand up for themselves. Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose.
It’s not the changing technology and software that matter. It’s how we use the best available technology to shift learning in a way that fits our students’ needs. This is why, as MiLab, we have been experimenting with the Ministry of Education through a number of initiatives to rethink education. Our latest adventure is a… Read more »
Early last month, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Behavioural Insights Conference in London. Organized by our partners from the Behavioural Insights Team, it was a fascinating experience. Some key takeaways follow:
The Ministry of Data launched on October 1 and we are now in full swing. Come and meet us, check out the challenge online, talk to us on Facebook and, most importantly, APPLY TODAY!
The war here in Yemen has caused over 4,000 civilians deaths and 1.4 million Yemenis to be internally displaced since March. To examine the impact of this war, UNDP in Yemen turned to citizens to hear their daily hardships and identify opportunities to restore livelihoods. But the survey we’re conducting is very different from traditional assessments… Read more »
In early July, while the summer in Skopje started to sizzle, big data enthusiasts popped by for one big (data) reason: to reflect on, share, and explore how we can use better use data for development. Our partners in crime, UN Global Pulse and UN Volunteers were also in the mix, contributing presentations on the current… Read more »